Pain Summer School
"Chronic Pain and its affective consequences"


Pain Summer School in Heidelberg, Germany

"Chronic Pain and its affective consequences"

18th– 22nd of October 2022

Venue: Bioquant, INF 267, Seminar room 41, Heidelberg University, D-69120 Heidelberg


Jointly coordinated by HaPpY, the Heidelberg Pain Consortium (SFB 1158) and Euridol (Graduate School of Pain, University of Strasbourg).


Tue 18th – Thu 20th: Soft skills workshops (students only)

Day 1 – “Time and project management” – 9:00 to 17:00

Day 2 – “Scientific writing” – 9:00 to 17:00

Day 3 – “Presenting confidently” – 9:00 to 13:30

13:30-14:30: Group discussion about faculty research (only students)

14:30 onwards: Free time for students


Fri 21st: Lectures, mentoring, career and scientific discussion

9:15-10:00:  Thomas Nevian, Bern University (Switzerland): “Neural plasticity and nociceptive processing in the anterior cingulate cortex in chronic pain

10:00-10:45: Sigrid Elsenbruch, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany): “Psychological and neural mechanisms underlying interoceptive fear and visceral pain

10:45-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-12:00: Pascal Fossat, Bordeaux Neurocampus (France): “Endogenous pain control: focus on descending pathways

12:00 -14:00: Lunch break

14:00-16:30: (Coffee available during this session)

14:00-15:30: Scientific discussion with the students

15:30-16:30: Gender and career mentoring session – 4 groups, 10 faculty

16:30: Departure to the City Hall Pier

17:30: Boarding on the boat

17:30-20:30: Boat Dinner


Sat 22nd: Lectures, mentoring, career and scientific discussion

9:00-9:45: Esther Berrocoso, University of Cadiz (Spain) “Affective and sensory disorders in pain processing: brainstem circuits that regulate pain inhibition and facilitation

9:45-10:30: Michelle Roche, University of Galway (Ireland) “Mechanisms underlying altered pain responses in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders

10:30-11:00: Coffee break

11:00-11:45: Luda Diatchenko, McGill University (Canada) "Reconstruction of the Pathophysiology of Chronic Pain from Transcriptome-Wide Studies”

11:45-12:30: Jose Moron-Concepcion, Washington University in St. Louis (USA) "Role of the mesolimbic pathway in pain-induced anhedonia and opioid seeking behavior” 

12:30- 14:00: Lunch break

14:00-15:00: Scientific discussion with the students (Coffee available during this session)


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